The 100 oldest .com domains on the internet.

To satisfy my curiosity, I went in search of the earliest adopters of the World Wide Web as we know it today and to my surprise there were WWW dns entries that go back as far as 1985…can you believe that…now who was browsing the internet back in 1985 (other than Al Gore). Anyways, the list below represents the 100 first domains ever registered on the internet…it includes some expected names, some unexpected names and some notable missing names. (NB. Entries registered on the same days are in random order on that day.)

1. 15-Mar-1985 SYMBOLICS.COM
2. 24-Apr-1985 BBN.COM
3. 24-May-1985 THINK.COM
4. 11-Jul-1985 MCC.COM
5. 30-Sep-1985 DEC.COM
6. 07-Nov-1985 NORTHROP.COM
7. 09-Jan-1986 XEROX.COM
8. 17-Jan-1986 SRI.COM
9. 03-Mar-1986 HP.COM
10. 05-Mar-1986 BELLCORE.COM
11. 19-Mar-1986 IBM.COM
12. 19-Mar-1986 SUN.COM
13. 25-Mar-1986 INTEL.COM
14. 25-Mar-1986 TI.COM
15. 25-Apr-1986 ATT.COM
16. 08-May-1986 GMR.COM
17. 08-May-1986 TEK.COM
18. 10-Jul-1986 FMC.COM
19. 10-Jul-1986 UB.COM
20. 05-Aug-1986 BELL-ATL.COM
21. 05-Aug-1986 GE.COM
22. 05-Aug-1986 GREBYN.COM
23. 05-Aug-1986 ISC.COM
24. 05-Aug-1986 NSC.COM
25. 05-Aug-1986 STARGATE.COM
26. 02-Sep-1986 BOEING.COM
27. 18-Sep-1986 ITCORP.COM
28. 29-Sep-1986 SIEMENS.COM
29. 18-Oct-1986 PYRAMID.COM
30. 27-Oct-1986 ALPHACDC.COM
31. 27-Oct-1986 BDM.COM
32. 27-Oct-1986 FLUKE.COM
33. 27-Oct-1986 INMET.COM
34. 27-Oct-1986 KESMAI.COM
35. 7-Oct-1986 MENTOR.COM
36. 7-Oct-1986 NEC.COM
37. 27-Oct-1986 RAY.COM
38. 27-Oct-1986 ROSEMOUNT.COM
39. 27-Oct-1986 VORTEX.COM
40. 05-Nov-1986 ALCOA.COM
41. 05-Nov-1986 GTE.COM
42. 17-Nov-1986 ADOBE.COM
43. 17-Nov-1986 AMD.COM
44. 17-Nov-1986 DAS.COM
45. 17-Nov-1986 DATA-IO.COM
46. 17-Nov-1986 OCTOPUS.COM
47. 17-Nov-1986 PORTAL.COM
48. 17-Nov-1986 TELTONE.COM
49. 11-Dec-1986 3COM.COM
50. 11-Dec-1986 AMDAHL.COM
51. 11-Dec-1986 CCUR.COM
52. 11-Dec-1986 CI.COM
53. 11-Dec-1986 CONVERGENT.COM
54. 11-Dec-1986 DG.COM
55. 11-Dec-1986 PEREGRINE.COM
56. 11-Dec-1986 QUAD.COM
57. 11-Dec-1986 SQ.COM
58. 11-Dec-1986 TANDY.COM
59. 11-Dec-1986 TTI.COM
60. 11-Dec-1986 UNISYS.COM
61. 19-Jan-1987 CGI.COM
62. 19-Jan-1987 CTS.COM
63. 19-Jan-1987 SPDCC.COM
64. 19-Feb-1987 APPLE.COM
65. 04-Mar-1987 NMA.COM
66. 04-Mar-1987 PRIME.COM
67. 04-Apr-1987 PHILIPS.COM
68. 23-Apr-1987 DATACUBE.COM
69. 23-Apr-1987 KAI.COM
70. 23-Apr-1987 TIC.COM
71. 23-Apr-1987 VINE.COM
72. 30-Apr-1987 NCR.COM
73. 14-May-1987 CISCO.COM
74. 14-May-1987 RDL.COM
75. 20-May-1987 SLB.COM
76. 27-May-1987 PARCPLACE.COM
77. 27-May-1987 UTC.COM
78. 26-Jun-1987 IDE.COM
79. 09-Jul-1987 TRW.COM
80. 13-Jul-1987 UNIPRESS.COM
81. 27-Jul-1987 DUPONT.COM
82. 27-Jul-1987 LOCKHEED.COM
83. 28-Jul-1987 ROSETTA.COM
84. 18-Aug-1987 TOAD.COM
85. 31-Aug-1987 QUICK.COM
86. 03-Sep-1987 ALLIED.COM
87. 03-Sep-1987 DSC.COM
88. 03-Sep-1987 SCO.COM
89. 22-Sep-1987 GENE.COM
90. 22-Sep-1987 KCCS.COM
91. 22-Sep-1987 SPECTRA.COM
92. 22-Sep-1987 WLK.COM
93. 30-Sep-1987 MENTAT.COM
94. 14-Oct-1987 WYSE.COM
95. 02-Nov-1987 CFG.COM
96. 09-Nov-1987 MARBLE.COM
97. 16-Nov-1987 CAYMAN.COM
97. 16-Nov-1987 ENTITY.COM
99. 24-Nov-1987 KSR.COM
100. 30-Nov-1987 NYNEXST.COM Recent Posts: The 15 Most Iconic Cars from Movies Top 10 Most Bizarre Las Vegas Attractions

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199 Comments

  1. It still amazes me that symbolics.com is the first domain name registered. I would have imagined it to belong to maybe IBM or at least AT&T or some big name.

    And what’s more amazing is that some of these domains predate the World Web Wide (aka the Internet as we know it) by at least half a decade. Those who would have been using those domains probably used it to share data with others rather than to surf around for information.

    But, 22 years. Wow.

  2. Wow good stuff. Scary also.

  3. Reminds me of my depression, because I am growing old. This article made me feel even worse.

    Aside that, interesting post. And also a good one.

  4. These sound interesting :)

    SYMBOLICS.COM
    THINK.COM
    SUN.COM
    STARGATE.COM
    PYRAMID.COM
    VORTEX.COM
    ENTITY.COM

  5. Actually, Symbolics wasn’t the first. BBN was. Look at the list, the dates on the first two are in the wrong order. ;)

  6. Ok, scratch my last, read as May, not Mar! Oops!

  7. Very cool list. An interesting study to delve deeper would be how many of these were originally registered by the same company they are currently owned by. I think it’s safe to assume that att.com, sun.com, hp.com, and so on were all owned by the computer-oriented businesses from the start, but has pyramid.com always been the modern pyramid.com? What about stargate.com? The modern Stargate datacenter wasn’t founded until 1989.

    Out of curiosity, what domains did you find missing? Everything I’d expect to find on this list was there, though there were several surprises.

    The only things I thought were missing weren’t missing once I realized this was a list of .COMs only. Most of the truly early adopters are all .EDUs. (ucla.edu: 24-Apr-1985, mit.edu: 23-May-1985, uiuc.edu: 18-Jul-1985, nyu.edu: 08-Oct-1986, jhu.edu: 19-Mar-1987, etc…)

  8. Aehm…
    How can you tell that back in 1985 there have been DNS IN A RR named “www” ?
    Back in 1985 there was no “World Wide Web”. TBL began to work on that 1989.
    And last but not least: what about the other gTLDs: .mil .net .org. .edu and .gov?
    As RFC 882 is of 1983 there might exist some older domains.

  9. Interesting X-ian, I’ll have to look into your comments in more depth.

    First off, I was surprised to see Cayman.com and alcoa.com…that was very forward thinking of them. Notably missing for me was Commodore…Microsoft – matter of fact MS never came until 02-may-1991 …compuserve/AOL people you would figure would have great interest in this emerging technology (Though Compuserve did jump in late ’88) …anyone else surprised by any of the entries… or lack thereof?

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  13. This is a cool post. Geeks like me love this kind of stuff. I’ll add it to my collection of mostly useless, but “pretty neat anyway” collection of trivia. Thanks.

  14. Very interesting list!

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  17. The weird thing to think about is that most if not all of these were registered for free. I’m not exactly sure when it started to cost money to register domain names, but I think it was some time after 1990.

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  19. In 1985, the “Web” was still a very new “computer thing” that most people did not know what to do with…
    When you spoke about it they looked at you like you had 2 heads on your shoulders…

    It took a while for the world to understand what had just happend…

    “now who was browsing the internet back in 1985 (other than Al Gore).”

  20. I was browsing back then, probably a closer to 1987. That was back when I worked for Lockheed. We were beginning to modify WAIS. I used LYNX to surf and later on used Trumpet to read Newsgroups.

    Damn, I’m getting old.

    Lee

  21. I have to admit, symbolics.com surprised me too. Very interesting and unexpected.

  22. Lee Lepore:

    its quite amazing you were browsing with lynx before either of them were invented. did lockheed invent a time machine?

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  24. I’ve seen the old code for Yahoo.com (which can still be applied and navigated from). I wonder what these websites looked like in 1985 and what kind of functionality they had.

    Damn, I wasn’t even in kindergarten when these sites when up!

  25. I’m pretty sure you’ll find that they looked like nothing back in 1985. There was no such thing as the WWW then. Back when I got on the Internet in 1990 or so, there was gopher, and a lot of telnet-able BBS’s and MUDs, usenet, IRC, and some public access Unixes. That was about it, as far as I’m aware. A lot of text gaming and BBSing for me, then. Oh, FTP of course… but back in those days it would take months for software to get on the Internet, you could get PC software much faster on the dialup BBS’s.

  26. it is amazing with internet and blogging. No wonder why people hang with their computers instea of assossiate, hahaha

    http://sofiawinterborn.wordpress.com

  27. whoa! i love this research, this is very good to know who the pace setters are. somewhere in ’85, oh my, my country was still languishing in mass poverty, coup d’tal and corruption. nobody ever heard of the internet.

  28. The world wide web did not exist at the time of this, however, there was an internet, more like a big group of shared networks back then. I think .edu sites were the first t adopt the www but not the internet itself. Also, is this a list of still existing or the first period? That could help sort some things out.

  29. Note this is .com only. There are equally old records in .edu.

  30. You’re on Fark.com!

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  32. Even these dates are probably renewals, or perhaps a date some database was reconstructed. I was responsible for registering #33, inmet.com (which was owned by Intermetrics, Inc.,- a long defunct SW development company). I am sure we were using inmet.com at least a year before 1986. Since we were nowhere near the first- I suspect there are even earlier dates yet to be discovered. In those days, we tried to limit domain names to 8 (!) characters ;-) Since this was pre-DNS, in those days “registering” a domain meant getting one of the guys in California to put your name in their huge and growing /etc/hosts file

  33. Amazing !!

    If the WHOIS Data is correct,
    sex.com was registered in : 18-Oct-1995

  34. Oh my. Some of those sites are older than me.

  35. Takes me back a ways. I remember the “internet” back before much standardization (not that it’s gotten all the better with all of the different languages, active x vs java and browsers). 300 BAUD modems and not a lot of error checking. This is pre-1985 when it was mostly used by colleges, military and military contractors and back when hacking was still fun.

  36. i have only visited 6 out of 100!!!

    dang mate where did you got those name!
    some names i have never ever seen and some others i know they are there i just dont bother to visit

  37. Symbolics.com looks like it hasn’t been updated since 1985, either.

  38. [...] 1. 15-Mar-1985 SYMBOLICS.COM 2. 24-Apr-1985 BBN.COM 3. 24-May-1985 THINK.COM 4. 11-Jul-1985 MCC.COM 5. 30-Sep-1985 DEC.COM 6. 07-Nov-1985 NORTHROP.COM 7. 09-Jan-1986 XEROX.COM 8. 17-Jan-1986 SRI.COM 9. 03-Mar-1986 HP.COM 10. 05-Mar-1986 BELLCORE.COM 11. 19-Mar-1986 IBM.COM 12. 19-Mar-1986 SUN.COM 13. 25-Mar-1986 INTEL.COM 14. 25-Mar-1986 TI.COM 15. 25-Apr-1986 ATT.COM 16. 08-May-1986 GMR.COM 17. 08-May-1986 TEK.COM 18. 10-Jul-1986 FMC.COM 19. 10-Jul-1986 UB.COM 20. 05-Aug-1986 BELL-ATL.COM 21. 05-Aug-1986 GE.COM 22. 05-Aug-1986 GREBYN.COM 23. 05-Aug-1986 ISC.COM 24. 05-Aug-1986 NSC.COM 25. 05-Aug-1986 STARGATE.COM 26. 02-Sep-1986 BOEING.COM 27. 18-Sep-1986 ITCORP.COM 28. 29-Sep-1986 SIEMENS.COM 29. 18-Oct-1986 PYRAMID.COM 30. 27-Oct-1986 ALPHACDC.COM There are 70 more here… [...]

  39. Since someone mentioned .edu, is there any older there which i missed?

    24-Apr-1985 ucla.edu
    24-Apr-1985 berkeley.edu
    23-May-1985 mit.edu

  40. Funny that some people here were surfing the net with Lynx in 1987 when the browser was developed 1992.

    HTML/HTTP ist from 1989.

    The first browser is from 1991.

    Gopher – what some here believe they surfed in 1990 before http – is from 1991.

    And in the beginning of the internet it was quite common to use IP adresses for news and ftp. People at my university shared lists with IP hosts around 1990.

    Peace
    -stephan


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  42. This really is interesting….

  43. It would very good if you some exercise to find out the which of the blog have regigtered higher than 10000 visits per year on a continuous bsis and which have increased visits in last year over the previous year.

  44. CMU.EDU – 24-Apr-1985
    RICE.EDU – 24-Apr-1985

    There must have been a series of schools that registered the same day…

  45. Those would have been good times to be a domain name squatter.

  46. And here I was thinking that my xaymaca.com was special because I registered it in 96.
    Such a late starter am I.

  47. Oh cool..you own Xaymaca.com….I always wanted to own that domain name :)

  48. Interesting. The real question is, how far back was the first porn site?

  49. jeremy, my sources are telling me the first p-site was created in 1990.

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  53. “some notable missing names”

    you were thinking about Microsoft, right ?

  54. [...] 1. 15-Mar-1985 SYMBOLICS.COM 2. 24-Apr-1985 BBN.COM 3. 24-May-1985 THINK.COM 4. 11-Jul-1985 MCC.COM 5. 30-Sep-1985 DEC.COM 6. 07-Nov-1985 NORTHROP.COM 7. 09-Jan-1986 XEROX.COM 8. 17-Jan-1986 SRI.COM 9. 03-Mar-1986 HP.COM 10. 05-Mar-1986 BELLCORE.COM 11. 19-Mar-1986 IBM.COM 12. 19-Mar-1986 SUN.COM 13. 25-Mar-1986 INTEL.COM 14. 25-Mar-1986 TI.COM 15. 25-Apr-1986 ATT.COM 16. 08-May-1986 GMR.COM 17. 08-May-1986 TEK.COM 18. 10-Jul-1986 FMC.COM 19. 10-Jul-1986 UB.COM 20. 05-Aug-1986 BELL-ATL.COM 21. 05-Aug-1986 GE.COM 22. 05-Aug-1986 GREBYN.COM 23. 05-Aug-1986 ISC.COM 24. 05-Aug-1986 NSC.COM 25. 05-Aug-1986 STARGATE.COM 26. 02-Sep-1986 BOEING.COM 27. 18-Sep-1986 ITCORP.COM 28. 29-Sep-1986 SIEMENS.COM 29. 18-Oct-1986 PYRAMID.COM 30. 27-Oct-1986 ALPHACDC.COM . . Hela listan hittar du här. [...]

  55. [...] Life & Times of the Forrester hat mal gegraben und die 100 ersten registrierten Domains aufgeführt. APPLE.COM ist die Nummer 64, registriert am 19. Februar 1987. Deutlich hinter DEC, [...]

  56. Interesting to see the changes in just 22 years…
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    The above link is a wakeup when you think it’s less than 20 yrs since Lynx saw daylight… ;)

    .t

  57. When I first heard of the “internet” in 1990 my first thought was “How can I make money using this new thing” second thought came “PORN”. Unfortunately I had neither special knowledge of the tech involved or the start-up money… therefore I am still an impovrished republican.

  58. It amazes me to understand that it was only 20 years ago! The mobile telephone also came so recently. I will be more delighted if the world could see more miraculous events like these in the near future too. Perhaps a cure for spinal chord injury. A medicine for AIDS and cancer. I am sure it would happen within the next 20 years.

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  61. Thanks, fun list! Loved the Al Gore comment too!

  62. Where is the information on these registrations and dates from?

  63. [...] tipoff from a thread on ABestWeb, I found a site (The Life and Times of The Forrester) listing the 100 oldest domains on the internet. So, I thought I’d pass it [...]

  64. surprised cray research wasn’t in this list. but why microsoft? were they not a late adopter of IP, being more concerned w/ DOS on desktops and later their own NetFlooey (spelling might be wrong) protocol for their wannabe peer-to-peer? who did they steal an IP stack from anyway?

  65. Yes they were but back in the early days the internet was used more internally by large corps and schools before someone said…”hey, let’s make some money here”. That’s why I was surprised that SmallFloppy wasn’t there. To me it speaks to my opinion of microsoft…they don’t take risks…and they always follow the leaders…been that way since the begining and is still that way today. My .02c.

  66. [...] The Forrester has compiled a list of the 100 oldest .com domain names. [...]

  67. This pops up everyone once in a while but nevertheless is always an interesting read. Thanks for posting!

  68. [...] The 100 oldest domains on the internet. [...]

  69. I was a test engineer at Symbolics in the summer of 1984 working with the prototype L machine and the first generation production models. We had direct access to ARPANet at the time and if memory serves there were only about 250 nodes on the ARPANet at the time. You won’t believe this but there were mostly no passwords for any of the machines then!

    We mostly used hard ip addressing to communicate and even send email and files at the time. I was able to use telnet at my desk (In Chatsworth 9600 Desoto in LA) and log into the computer in the R&D center in Palo Alto. I then was able to use that computer in Palo Alto to telnet to the computer at the Software R&D center at MIT. I then used that comptuer at MIT to log into and transfer files around this round robin of computers for a network test.

    It was a lot of fun.

    There were .mil and .edu addresses in prototype in 1984 but everything was done on an ad hoc basis. It was the popularity of the LISP machine that started to force some regularity to the system. Too bad that the people who were running the company were idiots (except for the manufacturing VP). I quit and put a defective sticker on the VP of engineering’s door on the way out.

  70. [...] theforrester podéis ver el “top 100″ al completo. Vemos muchos nombres poco conocidos y otros muy [...]

  71. People have mentioned that this is only .com and that .edu has similar dates. It is interesting that even some domains in ccTLDs should be on the list. cwi.nl (I think that was the first domain in a ccTLD, not sure) was registered on 01-May-1986.

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  74. What make this really UNinteresting is that you are dating back only to when the domain name heiarchy was created. In the early days of TCP/IP, as we called it then, there were no dots in domain names, just one not-so-big flat name space. There are many system on the Internet in those days, at sites that still exist, but there was no “.com” or “.edu”, or whatnot, just names. I was on “cmu10a”. The first spam was sent from “dec-marlboro”, and if you look at the To: list of the first spam (google for it), you will find domain names for a few commercial sites, like BBN, (bbn-tenexe) and of course the offending site, DEC (dec-marlboro). So, all you have really done is put a date on the transition to heiarchtical names, nothing more, and nothing significant about who the early adopters were.

  75. i am humbled to know that the internet is older than i am. well, so is my nintendo, and i still use that

  76. [...] can thank this bit of information to Life & Times blog, which has compiled a list of the 100 oldest domains on the Internet. The oldest domain on the Internet is Symbolics, a computer manufacturer that [...]

  77. Not an media/entertainment company to be found, shows how dismissive they all were of the internet back then (not even progressive media like MTV).

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  80. [...] primele 20 domenii dintr-o lista de 100 pe care o gasiti aici. Posted by Simple Filed in [...]

  81. [...] You can find the whole top 100 list over at theforrester.wordpress.com. [...]

  82. [...] Un diseñador de páginas web oriundo de Orlando, Florida, tiene un blog denominado The Forrester (theforrester.wordpress.com/2007/08/13/the-100-oldest-domains-on-the-in/), en el cual se ha dedicado a recabar una lista con los 100 primeros .com y sus fechas de [...]

  83. [...] de Orlando, Florida, se a dedicado a construir esta lista atravez de su blog llamadoo The Forrester, en el cual escribio los primeros 100 .com, el primero fue Symbolics.com en el año 1985, el cual [...]

  84. [...] platico que hoy me encuentro en El Universal Online que un bloguero decide investigar y encontrar los 100 dominios más viejos del Internet. Así es, y curiosamente no está en el 1er lugar IBM o AT&T. El dominio más viejo en la [...]

  85. [...] diseñador de páginas web oriundo de Orlando, Florida, tiene un blog denominado THE FORRESTER, en el cual se ha dedicado a recabar una lista con los 100 primeros .com y sus fechas de [...]

  86. But who was the first agency or company where to register a domain ?

  87. For whoever asked, domain names were free until roughly the fall of 1995. I know this because I got my domain name in July 1995 and it was free. Back then you had to fill out a form with your info and say why you needed/wanted the domain name and its general purpose.

  88. [...] The Forrester, blog que se ha dedicado a recabar una lista de los 100 primeros dominios .com y sus fechas de [...]

  89. Sly,

    I remember when domains were free. I had several. Then, a couple of companies started adding tons of ads. After that, people started paying to have their websites hosted for a bit of money (or from their home computers) to keep it clean.

    Ah, those were the days. Wait, what am I saying? I wasn’t even a teenager when I was doing that… X(

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  97. The original posting and the comments following it are full of historical fallacies and errors:

    * These registrations happened before the World Wide Web was invented, so all comments having to do with “surfing”, “sites”, “www”, etc. are far off the mark.

    * Until 1988, commercial use of the Internet was not allowed. You could only use the Internet (and a fortiori have a domain name) if you had a contract with the DoD, either research (most .edu domains were for computer science departments with ARPA funding) or production. The media companies weren’t “dismissive”, they were simply not allowed to use the Internet — anyway, what would they have done with it pre-www?

    * The Internet existed before domain name registration, and its predecessor the Arpanet started in 1969. Its usage grew steadily, but exponentially, starting very early on.

    * The main applications of the Arpanet/Internet before the WWW were FTP, email, and Telnet (also RJE for some users). Usenet News, though it started on Usenet, was also transported by Internet sometimes. WAIS and Gopher arrived in 1991, but were overtaken by WWW soon thereafter.

    * Almost all communication across the Arpanet/Internet was either straight unformatted text or binaries. The software for convenient handling of formatted text, images, audio, etc. wasn’t there.

    * Almost all users of the Arpanet/Internet before 1990 were techies, and there was very little support for non-technical users.

    * The PC world and the “serious computing” world didn’t have much to do with one another until the late 1980s.

    * Corporate networking, to the extent it existed at all, was almost entirely on proprietary networking standards (Token Ring, DECnet, Arcnet, Ethernet), not on TCP/IP.

    Well, that’s enough for now. There’s some info on all this on Wikipedia.

    -s

  98. NYNEXST.COM may be the oldest but they need to update that website. Looks like a 1st grader made it.

  99. This is really fantastic

  100. That is a great list. If anyone needs some help developing a new site for any domain just drop us a line at Mystic Liquid. We Would be happy to help.

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  103. [...] bring this up for no particular reason other than today I spotted a list of the first 100 .com domains to be registered, and thought I’d share it. Top of the list is symbolics.com, registered by Symbolics Inc, a [...]

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  106. I was a network guy for AlliantTechSystems in the late 80’s & registered atk.com about the middle of 1990. As I recall it didn’t cost anything. We were restricted though in that we could make ‘commercial use’ of it. Mostly it was for email & ftp to DoD.

    Given some of the other comments here I have kids older than most of you!

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  108. [...] Life and Times of Forrester blog has done some digging and come up with the 100 oldest registered domains on the Internet, dating back to March 1985. The list is a good mix of obscure personal sites and forward-thinking [...]

  109. The 100 oldest domains on the internet (So old Al gore didn’t even regester them!)

  110. [...] The 100 oldest .com domains on the internet. « Life & Times [...]

  111. I saw this list on http://www.SubliminalMessages.com and would like to know if any of thse top 100 names are available for sale today? I think it would be exceptionally cool (in a geeky way) to own one.

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  117. [...] Check it out: The 100 oldest domains on the internet. [...]

  118. [...] thought it’d be a good idea to reserve the domain name on the root servers in 1985 (the others were bbn.com, think.com, mcc.com, dec.com and [...]

  119. [...] thought it’d be a good idea to reserve the domain name on the root servers in 1985 (the others were bbn.com, think.com, mcc.com, dec.com and northrop.com). But Symbolics was first to make the [...]

  120. [...] thought it’d be a good idea to reserve the domain name on the root servers in 1985 (the others were bbn.com, think.com, mcc.com, dec.com and northrop.com). But Symbolics was first to make the [...]

  121. [...] thought it’d be a good idea to reserve the domain name on the root servers in 1985 (the others were bbn.com, think.com, mcc.com, dec.com and northrop.com). But Symbolics was first to make the [...]

  122. [...] thought it’d be a good idea to reserve the domain name on the root servers in 1985 (the others were bbn.com, think.com, mcc.com, dec.com and northrop.com). But Symbolics was first to make the [...]

  123. [...] thought it’d be a good idea to reserve the domain name on the root servers in 1985 (the others were bbn.com, think.com, mcc.com, dec.com and northrop.com). But Symbolics was first to make the [...]

  124. [...] it’d be a good idea to reserve the&#32&#100&#111main name on the root servers in 1985 (the others &#119&#101&#114e bbn.com, think.com, mcc.com, dec.com and [...]

  125. [...] companies thought it’d be a good idea to reserve the domain name on the root servers in 1985 (the others were bbn.com, think.com, mcc.com, dec.com and northrop.com). But Symbolics was first to make the [...]

  126. [...] For kicks and giggles, check Symbolic’s whois look-up page.  And for the curious, here’s a top 25 list of the earliest registered domain names (credit – TheForrester): [...]

  127. [...] Ver los 100 primeros [...]

  128. [...] Ver los 100 primeros [...]

  129. [...] si quieres ver una lista de los 100 primeros haz click aquí. Y si quieres saber cual fue el primer servidor web y la primera página web, aquí nuestro [...]

  130. [...] companies thought it’d be a good idea to reserve the domain name on the root servers in 1985 (the others were bbn.com, think.com, mcc.com, dec.com and northrop.com). But Symbolics was first to make the [...]

  131. [...] about some of the other oldest domain names?  Here is a list of the oldest 100 names according to The Life & Times of Forrester….Bravo to those companies and individuals who recgonized the value of domain names early [...]

  132. Hmm this is great post.

  133. [...] и каждый день их число растёт на несколько тысяч. Вот список 100 самых старых доменов, частично уже публиковавшийся на Хабре. 1. 15-Mar-1985 [...]

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  135. [...] full list of 100 oldest domain names can be found here. Published on January 20, 2010 · Filed under: Article, General; Tagged as: domain names, [...]

  136. [...] Aron Meystedt proprietario della XF che lo usa come blog personale. Se siete curiosi, a questo sito THE LIFE & TIMES of the forrester trovate i primi 100 siti registrati in ordine cronologico e se lo siete ancora di più [...]

  137. A number of comments are corrected or clarified in this October 1990 snapshot of the .com gTLD (generic Top-Level Domain).

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  143. Fascinating list. I see Apple got in there but no sign of Microsoft.

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  145. Anyone know how much domain registration fee in 1985 when symbolics registered?

  146. How i can sort this list?

  147. Its not entirely a surprise that it is mainly electronics and communication companies on that list I guess. Although, I had to go and look up who Symbolics were as I had never heard of them…

  148. Wow, it’s a little different of what I have seen before.

  149. This pops up everyone once in a while but nevertheless is always an interesting read. Thanks for posting!…

  150. [...] Original 2007 Post Courtesy Of:  The Forster [...]

  151. Published on January 20, 2010 · Filed under: Article, General; Tagged as: domain names

  152. [...] 1. 15-Mar-1985 SYMBOLICS.COM2. 24-Apr-1985 BBN.COM3. 24-May-1985 THINK.COM4. 11-Jul-1985 MCC.COM5. 30-Sep-1985 DEC.COM6. 07-Nov-1985 NORTHROP.COM7. 09-Jan-1986 XEROX.COM8. 17-Jan-1986 SRI.COM9. 03-Mar-1986 HP.COM10. 05-Mar-1986 BELLCORE.COM11. 19-Mar-1986 IBM.COM12. 19-Mar-1986 SUN.COM13. 25-Mar-1986 INTEL.COM14. 25-Mar-1986 TI.COM15. 25-Apr-1986 ATT.COM16. 08-May-1986 GMR.COM17. 08-May-1986 TEK.COM18. 10-Jul-1986 FMC.COM19. 10-Jul-1986 UB.COM20. 05-Aug-1986 BELL-ATL.COM21. 05-Aug-1986 GE.COM22. 05-Aug-1986 GREBYN.COM23. 05-Aug-1986 ISC.COM24. 05-Aug-1986 NSC.COM25. 05-Aug-1986 STARGATE.COM26. 02-Sep-1986 BOEING.COM27. 18-Sep-1986 ITCORP.COM28. 29-Sep-1986 SIEMENS.COM29. 18-Oct-1986 PYRAMID.COM30. 27-Oct-1986 ALPHACDC.COM31. 27-Oct-1986 BDM.COM32. 27-Oct-1986 FLUKE.COM33. 27-Oct-1986 INMET.COM34. 27-Oct-1986 KESMAI.COM35. 7-Oct-1986 MENTOR.COM36. 7-Oct-1986 NEC.COM37. 27-Oct-1986 RAY.COM38. 27-Oct-1986 ROSEMOUNT.COM39. 27-Oct-1986 VORTEX.COM40. 05-Nov-1986 ALCOA.COM41. 05-Nov-1986 GTE.COM42. 17-Nov-1986 ADOBE.COM43. 17-Nov-1986 AMD.COM44. 17-Nov-1986 DAS.COM45. 17-Nov-1986 DATA-IO.COM46. 17-Nov-1986 OCTOPUS.COM47. 17-Nov-1986 PORTAL.COM48. 17-Nov-1986 TELTONE.COM49. 11-Dec-1986 3COM.COM50. 11-Dec-1986 AMDAHL.COM51. 11-Dec-1986 CCUR.COM52. 11-Dec-1986 CI.COM53. 11-Dec-1986 CONVERGENT.COM54. 11-Dec-1986 DG.COM55. 11-Dec-1986 PEREGRINE.COM56. 11-Dec-1986 QUAD.COM57. 11-Dec-1986 SQ.COM58. 11-Dec-1986 TANDY.COM59. 11-Dec-1986 TTI.COM60. 11-Dec-1986 UNISYS.COM61. 19-Jan-1987 CGI.COM62. 19-Jan-1987 CTS.COM63. 19-Jan-1987 SPDCC.COM64. 19-Feb-1987 APPLE.COM65. 04-Mar-1987 NMA.COM66. 04-Mar-1987 PRIME.COM67. 04-Apr-1987 PHILIPS.COM68. 23-Apr-1987 DATACUBE.COM69. 23-Apr-1987 KAI.COM70. 23-Apr-1987 TIC.COM71. 23-Apr-1987 VINE.COM72. 30-Apr-1987 NCR.COM73. 14-May-1987 CISCO.COM74. 14-May-1987 RDL.COM75. 20-May-1987 SLB.COM76. 27-May-1987 PARCPLACE.COM77. 27-May-1987 UTC.COM78. 26-Jun-1987 IDE.COM79. 09-Jul-1987 TRW.COM80. 13-Jul-1987 UNIPRESS.COM81. 27-Jul-1987 DUPONT.COM82. 27-Jul-1987 LOCKHEED.COM83. 28-Jul-1987 ROSETTA.COM84. 18-Aug-1987 TOAD.COM85. 31-Aug-1987 QUICK.COM86. 03-Sep-1987 ALLIED.COM87. 03-Sep-1987 DSC.COM88. 03-Sep-1987 SCO.COM89. 22-Sep-1987 GENE.COM90. 22-Sep-1987 KCCS.COM91. 22-Sep-1987 SPECTRA.COM92. 22-Sep-1987 WLK.COM93. 30-Sep-1987 MENTAT.COM94. 14-Oct-1987 WYSE.COM95. 02-Nov-1987 CFG.COM96. 09-Nov-1987 MARBLE.COM97. 16-Nov-1987 CAYMAN.COM97. 16-Nov-1987 ENTITY.COM99. 24-Nov-1987 KSR.COM100. 30-Nov-1987 NYNEXST.COMSource [...]

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